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Eye Of The Needle Mass Market Paperback – Jul 6 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (July 6 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380733358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380733354
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #401,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A spy novel of the highest order." -- -- Baltimore Sun

"Follett is a master." -- Time

"Heart-stopping, nerve-freezing...Truly suspenseful...Extraordinarily satisfying." -- -- Los Angeles Times

"Thrilling." -- -- The New York Times Book Review

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By A Customer on Feb. 4 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Eye of The Needle is a super-great WWII spy thriller that takes place in England right before D-Day. The Germans have had spies planted in England since before the War started. The British have slowly but surely been catching them. Now they have come across Germany's #1 spy and he is bound and determined to make it back to Germany at all cost with Allied top secret information that will change the course of the war! This book will keep you at the edge of your seat throughout the whole story. This was my first book that I've read from Ken Follett. I have already ordered all of his other WWII books; I can't wait!!!
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By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 26 2013
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For those just getting around to this novel keep in mind that it was published in 1978. So the story and plot devices may not seem fresh because you will have probably read similar works. But those similar works are a result of Follett providing the template. So it is for that reason that the book gets five stars. The brilliant sleeper agent, earnest pursuers and an unanticipated wrench in the plan now seem familiar but was freshly executed by the author.

The pace is fantastic as is the wide cast of characters including real historic figures. The book is all about deception from a German agent to a fake army to a ruinous marriage, deceit abounds. It was also a bit racy with a graphic coupling I had largely forgotten from my first pass years ago. This is a great beach or fireside read. Enjoy!

***Spoiler Alert***
In the film The Iron Lady is a scene in which the retired Margaret Thatcher is shown reading Eye of the Needle while her husband Denis Thatcher remarks "In the end she kills him, you know."
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Ken Follet's Eye of the Needle was an extraordinary book about a German spy named Faber, who knows the greatest secret of the Allies. If he gets the information to Hitler than the war is most likely to be won by the Nazis.

It is a race between Faber and many intelligent Allies. Two of them, Godliman and Bloggs have traced back many murders and crimes to Faber and are always close to catching him but somehow he always finds a way to escape. They both know that The Needle, Faber's codename, is very important and close to Hitler because he ends his letters with , Regards to Willi.
Which most spies would never be that casual with their leaders.
Follet also tells the story of two of the important people following Faber. Godliman was a professor before the war started and throughout the search for Faber he remembers seeing him somewhere when he was younger. Bloggs is young and has just lost his wife in a bombing. He blames every Nazi for this and will doing anything to find and kill Faber.
Follet also tells of a young couple who are living their lives on a small cozy island with their son while all of this is going on. David, the husband, was going to fly a plane for the allies but got in a car accident and lost his legs. They both act happy when visitors come but Lucy, David's wife, knows there is something missing between them.

The Needle ruthlessly kills anyone that gets in between him and the Fuehrer. He even kills people on his own side. That is the reason, though, that thousands of people are looking for him but no one can find him. Follett adds an interesting pattern at the ends of the chapters that The Needle kills someone end with the phrase "You saw my face.
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Ken Follett's novels are particularly well suited to reading on trains and aeroplanes. They are short, easy reads which easily survive the interruptions inherent in those surroundings.
This novel fits the mold perfectly - the characters are more or less drawn from the stock characters of action/adventure/intrigue stories - the icy cold and thoroughly competent enemy spy, the intellectual, professorial good guy who somehow manages to stay one step behind the spy throughout the story, and the beautiful and thoroughly unqualified female who implausibly saves the day at the last minute.
The general plot is that a German spy has discovered the disinformation campaign that the Allies are using to divert attention from the preparation for D-Day. There is a race to capture or kill him before he can communicate the information to his masters in Berlin.
The book is the literary equivalent of a candy bar. It's not intellectually nourishing or nutritious, but it's a great way to kill some time.
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Ken Follett established himself in the thriller genre with this novel, first published in 1978. It was an instant bestseller and later made into a movie with Donald Sutherland and Kate Nelligan.
The premise: Henry Faber (codename: "Die Nadel") an individualistic and ruthless German agent (one of the last German spies not scooped up by MI5) is assigned to investigate whether or not Lt. General Patton's First United States Army Group is massing in East Anglia for the expected invasion of Calais, the area the German High Command expects the Allies to assault. Faber discovers that Patton's Army is a phony. The Allies are deceiving German intelligence with fake messages, troop concentrations and dummy barracks (which look real to German reconnaisance aircraft).
However careful as Faber is, the British counterintelligence agents Percival Godliman and Fred Bloggs, a history professor and policeman respectively, are a brilliant team that discover "Die Nadel" and are hot on his trail.
Eluding the police and the Home Guard and killing any and all who suspect his identity, Faber heads north to make a rendezvouz with a U-boat. His escape is thwarted by bad weather and he is washed ashore on Storm Island, a nearly deserted piece of rock in the North Sea, where Lucy Rose, a beautiful, but frustrated wife of a legless RAF pilot lives. In time, she discovers Faber's true identity....
I don't usually like thrillers, but this one kept me up. I read it over 20 years ago and have read it a few times since. Follett is a good story teller and his research for the story is wonderful. His portrayals of the German leaders, Hitler, Rundstedt and Rommel are superb.
I liked the film version too, though I believe it would be ideal for a remake (my choices for Faber would be Ralph Fiennes and for Lucy Kate Winslett or Helena Bonham Carter).
Time hasn't dimmed this book. It still holds up and is a classic of World War II espionage. Enjoy.
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